Doctorate of Management Science (PhD)

The doctorate programme in management science aims to produce researchers capable of making a significant contribution to the study of political issues, international relations and management, and to the development of each discipline. The programme’s activities are focused on the different modes of understanding and conceptualizing transformations in the modern world, particularly the restructuring of political space (calling-into-question of sovereignties, the porosity of borders, transformations of power and might), globalization, governance, participative democracy, the redefinition of identities and affiliations, the reconfiguration of government intervention and public policy, as well as the re-evaluation of policy as established in the field of theory, management of a research department, intellectual property, the luxury market, human resources, supply chain in a global economy, the structure of commodity markets, antitrust policy, emerging markets, etc. Training will centre on the deepening of theoretical knowledge and analytical skills, developing a critical perspective and integrating a work team. PhD students will be given guidance by the professors and the research team within each department. The doctoral studies aim to produce researchers capable of Producing innovative scientific works Contributing to shifts in thinking Ensuring the development and deepening of theoretical reflection and analysis methods. The thesis subject, therefore, needs to be an original research project that contributes to the discipline’s development.

Programme structure:​

In line with the qualifications and competencies of the professors teaching at UMEF, the following research fields are currently open:

  • Managing a research department

  • Intellectual Property

  • Luxury market

  • Human Resources

  • Supply chain in a global economy

  • Structure of commodity markets

  • Antitrust policy

  • Emerging markets

  • Political parties, electoral studies

  • Political thought and theory

  • Environmental management

  • Social movements

  • Governance and public policy

  • Participative democracy

  • International relations

  • Stakes of international relations

  • Globalisation and conflicts

  • International migration

  • Foreign policy and security

  • Contemporary challenges in conflicts and security

  • Asian security system

  • International interventions: political, military, humanitarian and economic

  • Humanitarian crises, finding solutions

  • Colonisation, decolonisation and neo-colonisation

  • Continuity in regional policy

  • New dimensions of international security: democratisation

  • Leadership and ethical crisis in leadership

  • Economic policy and development/Democracy and development

  • Development of policy and economics in emerging countries

  • Regional political security & economic challenges

  • Economic, social and cultural rights

  • Climate change and trade

  • Regional integration

  • Geopolitics

  • Geo-economics


Research subjects proposed by students outside of these fields will be examined by the Scientific Committee.

Duration of the Studies:

The duration of the studies varies from three years for full time to six years for those studying part-time. Should a PhD student demonstrate exceptional ability, for example by publishing high-standard articles in scientific magazines or a high-quality work during their studies, they may be accepted to defend their thesis at the end of their third year. The duration of the studies may not exceed 10 semesters, unless in the case of an exception granted by the Scientific Committee as accorded by the Rector of UMEF.

Key Points:​

  • Organiser: School of Business

  • Duration of the programme: 3 Years

  • Faculty: International 

  • Teaching methods: Research, Conferences, debates, case study, discussions and presentations

  • Teaching language: English or French

  • Degree earned: Doctorate in Management Science (PhD)


  • Campus: Château d’Aïre, Geneva – Switzerland

Teaching Methodologies


While the teaching methodologies used by faculty inevitably vary from subject to subject, they comprise basic elements that have been listed as follows:

  • Lectures

  • Research

  • Debates

  • Case studies

  • Learning by teaching

  • Tutorials

  • Discussions

  • Presentations

  • Individual or group projects

  • Use of the computer laboratory

In every case, the exchanges with the faculty are student-centred and the exchanges are always enriching for both. Our graduates practice critical thinking as one of the most important skills in a complex society.

Planning of Seminars:


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Château d'Aïre

185 – 187 Route d’Aïre
1219 Aïre – Geneva, Switzerland

+41 (0) 22 732 07 12
(For general inquiries)



Château d'Aïre

187 Route d’Aïre

1219 Aïre – Geneva, Switzerland

+41 (0) 22 732 07 22

(President office related inquiries)


Château d'Aïre

185 Route d’Aïre

1219 Aïre – Geneva, Switzerland

+41 (0) 22 732 07 12
(For admission only)

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